Kentucky Football Is Perfect: A Perfection The Cats Don't Want To See End

Nation of BlueContributor ISeptember 22, 2010

Rarely does a UK Fan get the opportunity to state the title of this written thought, but three games into the season, it stands true and true in more ways than just one.

Yes, UK is 3-0 with three impressive wins against Louisville, Western Kentucky, and Akron, but that's not the only place the Cats are perfect.

After three games, Kentucky is the only team in the country who has yet to turn the ball over.

Did you catch that?

It took me a second to wrap my hands around that stat. I could have swore we've had at least one turnover. Guess what, I was wrong.

Let me quote that stat one more time: After three games, Kentucky is the only team in the country who has yet to turn the ball over.

An amazing stat that will have to be duplicated if the Cats want to go into the Swamp and steal one from the No. 9 Gators.

On the other side, Florida is tied for first in the Nation with 12 forced turnovers. So the Gator defense leads the nation in forced turnovers and the Kentucky offense leads the nation in turnovers.

Something has got to give this Saturday, and for the Cats to win, it has to be in UK's favor.

This one stat could be the most important of the game. Let's face it, Florida's offense hasn't been the typical juggernaut to date, only accumulating 952 total yards while the Cats have been on fire, piling up 1,492 yards.

Mike Hartline has been almost perfect connecting on 54 of 75 attempts for a staggering 72 percent completion rate and a rating of 170.16, all while accounting for 680 yards of UK's offense.

On the opposite sideline, Junior QB John Brantley has connected on 49 of 79 for 62 percent and a rating of 131.0, accounting for 452 yards of Florida's offense.

Hartline and team have to maintain possession. The Cats turned the ball over two times last year at Lexington while the big three of Hartline, Cobb, and Locke accounted for 142 yards of Kentucky's dismal total of 179 in a 41-7 Florida embarrassment.

Don't count on the Big Blue to get blown out this year. Survive the first five minutes, have zero turnovers and stop the run, and the Cats will be right in this game, if not ahead, late in the fourth.

The only concern: We really don't know how good Kentucky truly is this season.

Good news, we don't really know how good Florida truly is either.

This is test number two for Joker Phillips and Operation Win, a tough SEC Road Game in the Swamp.

I'm going Cats in an upset, 31-24.

Go Cats!!!


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